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Alone at the Altar: Single Women and Devotion in Guatemala, 1670-1870

Brianna Leavitt-Alcántara


This book reframes our understanding of single women and religious culture in colonial and nineteenth-century Latin America. Most works on women and early modern religion examine nuns, holy women, or religious “deviants,” and emphasize rising hostility towards female autonomy as officials moved to enclose unmarried women and intensive female religiosity (e.g. mysticism, asceticism). This study takes a different approach and examines ordinary laywomen, particularly the broad population of non-elite women living outside of both marriage and convent. Much like other Spanish American cities, Guate ... More

Keywords: laywomen, single women, gender, local religion, Guatemala, urban, Catholic Church, early modern, wills, colonial Spanish America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781503603684
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503603684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brianna Leavitt-Alcántara, author
University of Cincinnati